Norwich City’s Bradley Johnson will bounce back from Liverpool error

Bradley Johnson's error proved costly in Norwich City's 3-2 Premier League defeat to Liverpool. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Bradley Johnson's error proved costly in Norwich City's 3-2 Premier League defeat to Liverpool. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Monday, April 21, 2014
1:00 PM

Bradley Johnson will bounce back stronger from his stray pass that was ruthlessly punished by Raheem Sterling, according to Norwich City boss Neil Adams.

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Johnson had played a key role in Gary Hooper’s second-half lifeline but with the Canaries’ threatening to gain the upper hand his error was pounced on by the razor-sharp Sterling who looped a deflected shot against Johnson that spiralled over John Ruddy to restore the Reds’ two-goal advantage.

Robert Snodgrass’ header triggered another home surge but Adams admitted Sterling’s intervention proved a decisive moment in a pulsating contest.

“It’s a fluke of a goal and bitterly disappointing for Bradley but the attitude he showed to make that right was exactly what we saw from the team in the second half,” said Adams. “It tends to happen when you are at the bottom and the team at the top get that bit of luck. Bradley has given it away in midfield. He has spotted Martin (Olsson) but square passes have to be hit with adequate pace if you do that across midfield. The pleasing thing is you look at the person who then runs 60 or 70 yards at full pelt to try and rectify that mistake and Bradley is the one who gets a block in, it comes off the back of his leg and spins up over John, who is perfectly positioned to save the shot and it goes in the one place he can’t defend it. The third goal was cruel and that ultimately cost us the game.”

Norwich’s stirring response to adversity in a frenetic second half was recognised by the home fans at the final whistle and Adams appreciated the gesture.

“I said to the players on day one when you are down there supporters need to see something and if they see effort, desire and commitment they will stick with you,” he said. “At full-time the fans showed they are with us all the way. We have to reciprocate that, give everything on the field and guarantee them three more of those performances in the last three games. I think the reaction was deserved. It was another fantastic performance, but we know its about results.”

29 comments

  • To be fair to Pulis, the football ive seen Palace produce this season has been anything but hoof ball like at Stoke so a massive amount of credit to Pulis 1# for saving them when everyone had them wrote off & 2# credit to Palace for taking a gamble on a man who everyone attaches a stigma of hoof ball and ugly football to.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Just heard Rob Butler on the radio - Pulis would have been happy to come here apparently. Not pretty I know but we'd still be in the Prem for sure.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Im glad young Murphy is getting a chance. Dont get me wrong im still totally undecided on whether he will 'make it' so to speak but plenty of potential and raw endeavour. Id rather see him come on against Liverpool than a Gutierrez or Pilkington. Pilks clearly isn't a happy chappy as I predicted months ago and with his contract running low isnt going to be here much longer, while Jonas is only here on loan on and im totally behind Adams in the exclusion of most the loan players from the starting xi. We are creating more chances, and better chances most importantly under Adams. Just gutted the change has been made too late as its looking so unlikely we will survive this now. Matter of time until the others face a side on their holidays like we did with WBA last season. We need a shock result from somewhere and quick!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • We weren't the only prem club in for Redmond and after a taste of the big time he won't fancy going back down a tier. I bet he's on the radar for a lot of the mid table prem sides.. We've got direct replacements in the Murphy lads and I think thats a more realistic hope. Snodgrass has done enough damage to other teams to get noticed as well so an offer for him wouldn't surprise me. Wholesale changes a distinct possibility but I would trust in Adams, much rather him than Malky in my opinion. OTBC

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Glad to see I'm not the only one in the anti-Johnson camp. He WAS responsible for both Sterling goals. He does not close down, allows anyone to run roundpast him, when he does tackle it's normally a foul and he is pretty much guaranteed to lose possession. Apart from that he consistently tells us that he and his chums will turn it around after an embarrassing defeat and they don't. Yes, McNally and the Board will have some serious questions to answer about why they allowed Hughton's calamitous reign to go on as long as it did, but ALL of the players need to ask themselves whether they feel they are worthy to wear the NCFC shirt.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Barking Wise, I would hope the clearout wouldn't be that extensive. Some decent performers or prospects in that list. I'd certainly look to keep Olssen, Snodgrass & Redmond. Some priorities remain: central defence, creative mid and striker. Just how much will we get for rvw. Won't be pretty, looking at the write-down there.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Oh I agree TK completely I just dont believe Johnson does the 'decent ball winner' job to a good enough degree. I quite like Tettey to be fair but he has a mistake in him and its usually a mistake that leads to a goal mistake if you get me. Without the ball we cant do anything and too many times we simply surrender it when its at Johnsons feet. Its the times when nobody is anywhere near him and he has zero pressure to deal with and he either finds a NCFC players knee cap with a hospital ball or the poor bloke in Row U of the Jarrold Stand that really annoys me.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • We have been managing with too few decent or committed players. Where Hughton fell so far short was in not being able to weld what he had into anything resembling a balanced and effective team. PL showed what can be done with an average group of players if they are set up properly, drilled so they know their jobs and responsibilities and fired-up to believe they can achieve. Like him or loathe him, Pulis deserves credit for turning Palace round big time. We must find a coach who can work effectively within the limits of the squad because we won't be in a position to go out and buy quality players. If Neil Adams proves he can do that, then I am more than happy to see him continue. But we will need a clearout of players in May, fresh faces and bring in players who have desire and commitment. I have long said our scouting system is not up to much and our original headlong chase for Hooper at any cost was a case in point. RvW appears to be another lost cause and an even more expensive gamble than Hooper. I also believe we need fresh blood at Board level but that is easier said than done. As for the stadium expansion, whatever happens in May, that is long overdue but relegation will probably give the Directors an excuse for not going ahead, despite all the evidence pointing for the need. I actually begin to wonder if Carrow Road itself is the best place for the club's future or whether a move to a new stadium might be a better option, although a huge capital cost of course. There are limitations at Carrow Road, especially given one corner is a hotel. I am sure this won't be popular with a lot of fans but somehow the club must go forward. Standing still is not an option because that way leads to stagnation.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Matt, I usually agree with most things you say and as I posted yesterday, all teams need a decent ball winner. Even the previous manager recognised that he needed to be upgraded and hence purchased Tetty but he likewise did not quiet make the grade, nor has Fer despite all the hype. This type of player is hard to find and I would rather stick with Johnson that try playing Howson or Fox in the DMC role. Yes Sterling and Squarez tore past Johnson but that is why they are top of the table, few can actually handle them right now.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Only me and the boss around at this time of day. The minions arrive later. I see Manchester Utd are up early as well. Why why why couldnt they have hanged on until after we played them. Likely because they know he wouldve done a Hughton and saved himself for a week. ;)

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • .....You have started work early today Matt!...The boss could be poking his head through the door any second...or has he got the rest of the week off?'....ME?..I'm still in kip! well it is only 8.30am.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Said it once ive said it a 1000 times. Bradley Johnson consistently loses NCFC the ball an there lies one of the biggest problems of our season (other than Chris Hughton). To be fair id even point the finger of blame towards him for the first goal. As a DMC it was his job to track and close down Sterling an instead Sterling despite a quick so & so got the freedom of Norwich to pop that shot off. For a DMC he doesnt do the muscle job anywhere near good enough for me and certain cant do the technical side. Shame as like I witnessed at Fulham we were vastly improved on what Hughton would serve up.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • .....Ken..BW...I think that we have accumulated far too many expensive 'Nearly Men' under the previous administration...On reflection it is hard to see where our scouting system did us any favours!...Getting quality ambitious players to come to Norwich was never going to be easy...so we have had to settle for something less!...I hope that Neil Adams will have the courage to look a little nearer home in his quest for replacements in future, and not find the need to scour the Netherlands or further afield for 'cheap' foreign labour !.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • There is nothing so bad for a player looking for another club than the stink of failure that follows him having been involved in a relegation side. Johnson will be lucky to get a slot in any Championship side after a woeful season at Carrow Road. I wouldn't want to see him still here next season EVEN if we stay up, which is unlikely. If I wanted to be ungenerous I could say that Johnson has been more of a liability than an asset all year. If he is too big for his boots he should go and wear out somebody else's carpets. Same applies to Bassong.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • the third goal summed up BJ. Horriblt poor pass but bust a gut to get back to rescue his mistake. Terribly unlucky with the deflection, could so easily have been a perfect block. Not the most gifted of players but gives it every game. One to keep if we go down. Borderline if we stay up. Out of all the team, he's the one I most closely resembled in my playing days.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Stormy, I don't see how you can stop the Hughton blame over-night. He has built a squad that is not balanced or matched in terms of playing together, plus he has never been able to get the best out of the players he has brought in, in terms of effort, attitude, or any rebound from going a goal down, etc.. Adams has already shown he can pump the players up to perform better, he has more tactical ability, can make changes in tactics during a game, etc.. Yes we have not got results yet, but we have already looked a lot more likely to get something out of a game. Time will tell whether NA can do the almost impossible.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • A lot of posts still blame Hughton for City's dilemma. He was not the best of managers but the players are as much to blame. All the praise for a second half performance against Liverpool overlooks the poor first half by City players. All season it has been major defensive errors and non scoring strikers that has been the problem. Throw in a poor midfield and this is why relegation is a reality. No matter who manages this inept bunch of so called players, the result will be the same. Far too often they have just not turned up on match day.

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    stormy

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • I thought Johnson was first class yesterday.

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    el dingo

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Overall he was great, so what he made a mistake, he grafted his derriere off and got back goal side of Sterling, was just unlucky with the way the ball went, and don't forget the header that served up Hooper on a plate. Keep going Bradley, I would give you the captaincy.

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Well said Malaga...." the dreadful tactics, set-up, team selections, substitutions and lack of leadership from Hughton"....But apart from that, we quite liked him !

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    Timbo

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Every team needs a Johnson type player who is prepared to go in where angles fear, Roy Kean, Vinnie Jones and Paul Ince were similar players. I agree he is not the perfect player but I fear we could never afford those of higher quality. I would be happy to see him replaced by a better player but I am not sure we have managed to do that thus far as neither Fer or Tetty have that extra little bite when it is really needed.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Johnson was in tears at the end of the game. No one can doubt that he cared.

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    Flying Canary

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • But Johnson has never bounced back from the errors he has made game after game after game. He was also responsible for not closing Sterling down for his first goal. Our weakest link must be gone in the summer whatever happens.

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    jigs69

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Yep, have to agree with these comments. It was Hughton who got us into this mess. Then it was the Board who failed to act soon enough when it was crystal clear the axe needed to be wielded. Johnson is an honest, hard-working, player and it was such a shame that his wayward pass was to lead to Liverpool's third and decisive goal. You could see from his reaction how much it hurt him. I am not sure we can win points from our remaining games. However if we put in the effort and commitment we showed yesterday I feel it will go a long way towards restoring some faith among the fans who had rightly become totally disillusioned with the dreadful tactics, set-up, team selections, substitutions and lack of leadership from Hughton.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • I'd like to echo your echo Imperial, and how lovely to hear the sound of natural applause without the cardboard

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • So right you are, I.E. - what a difference we saw yesterday. What a crying shame it is that this team of centurions, weren't given the leadership that they clearly now have, so much sooner. INAWT... OTBC

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    Hants Canary

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • …..I reckon we would have showed them, Imp!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Shows Hughton et alia up for what they are. As for Archie... oh I give up. Just why can't you question people in authority? They might tell you to do one but you could then tell us plebs you tried. And gain some respect so folks like me and so many others will stop moaning about you.

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    el dingo

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • I could never criticize someone who has always given 100% every time he pulls on a City shirt. What yesterday shew, if yew'll forgive the spelling, is that there is nothing wrong with the players we have got. If only we had made the change in management earlier, we wouldn't have been in this mess now: if we can do this against one of the most entertaining sides about (and probably worthy champions), then what would we have done to those lower down that we could only draw 0-0 with earlier in the season?

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    Imperial Echoes

    Monday, April 21, 2014

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